A few months ago, I got an interesting email from my subscription to the Jane Friedman Newsletter. It was about a new eBook Distributor that I had never heard about called Pronoun. Up to that point, I had been, for the most part, pretty satisfied with the Kindle Direct Publishing platform, and was pretty happy with the Pages Read income. I wasn’t looking for a change at that time, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s when Jane Friedman has something to say, as a writer/author, you listen.
So I checked it out, because there were just too many things in that article that seemed just almost too good to be true. I figured, you know what? I’ve got my Freebie on Smashwords that I could try this out on, and if it doesn’t work out, then no harm, no foul.
Fast-forward to present day, and I am totally convinced of Pronoun. I’ve officially moved my most recent romance novel over once my 90 day Kindle Select term expired, left a couple of novellas on Kindle Select to keep some pages read income, and will release all my future books primarily on Pronoun.
What Sold Me On Pronoun?
The answer to this question is two-fold. There were things that Initially sold me on trying it out, based on the info from the Jane Friedman article, and then there are things I’ve discovered by actually using them that have completely won me over.
INITIALLY: What made me want to try Pronoun were three things.
- The ability to change a book’s price to FREE on Amazon with a click of a button, any time I want. Anyone who’s tried doing a price match for a cross-promotion or collaborative promo event knows the hassle it is when you try to get this done. I’ve even called Amazon to request the price match directly and got the run-around… “We have a strict, no-price-match policy.” “Amazon maintains the right to determine pricing of books on our site.”
- The ability to get my books published on Google Play. I’m not sure if many of you have tried getting books onto Google Play within the past couple of years. Maybe you’ve been around long enough that you already had an author account with them before they closed it off from new business. Existing users can continue releasing new books with them, but if you don’t have an account yet, you’re pretty much out of luck, with no estimated date of when or if they will ever re-open.
- Your book listing will show Macmillan as the publisher of your book, unless you stipulate otherwise. Recognize that name? That’s right, one of the Big Five publishing houses out of New York. Maybe that will make a difference, maybe it won’t, but it couldn’t hurt!
- Pronoun does not take a cut of your sales. You will receive a higher percentage of your royalties than you would on KDP. That’s nuts! But it’s in my favor nuts, so I’ll take it!
SINCE TRYING PRONOUN
Since I’ve actually tried Pronoun, there are several things that I have been really impressed with, aside from the ease of using their system and having a dedicated author page that links to your books AND your newsletter subscribe link.
- I get a daily email telling me how many of my books sold the day before, and on which platforms.
- I get emails telling me when I have a new review on any platform they’ve listed my book on. You certainly don’t get that from Amazon, or even GoodReads, for that matter! Oh, and by the way, did I mention that the book in the example below isn’t even a book I list on Pronoun? It’s one of my Kindle Select books!
- I get emails from time to time telling me when my book could rank in the top 100 of a different category. This is important, because top 100 books get more exposure from the Amazon Top 100 category listings. Above 100 and you’re just out there in a vast ocean of other random books that get little to no exposure.
What’s The Catch?
You might be like me right now and be raising your one eyebrow, folding your arms across your chest, and saying, “So, what’s the catch?” This seriously sounds too good to be true. And I’ll be honest with you, I’m still waiting for that other shoe to drop, because that is just the type of skeptical person I am.
And believe me, I looked for a catch. I tried it out with a freebie book I had before I went all in. I even scoured the Author Agreement looking for some clause that would come around to bite me in the derriere down the road.
Wait, what’s this? No “objectionable or pornographic material?” I write erotic romance, and we all know that everyone has a different idea of “objectionable” and “pornographic.” Does that exclude me from being able to add an adult-rated book? So, I wrote an email to Pronoun asking, and I had a response back IN MINUTES.
Looks like I’m good to go, then. But wait, what about the reviews I already have on my current Amazon listing? Will I lose all of those? Nope, they will carry over to your new listing, because the book will be linked with your current page, just like if you were to add a Paperback, Hardcover, or Audiobook.
So That’s It In a Nutshell
There are some other perks that you’ll find once you start going through the process of uploading your books through Pronoun, and they’ll even give you an Author Page if you don’t have any books uploaded through them.
I have not experienced, or heard from other author friends who have also moved their books over, any pitfalls to this platform yet, other than losing the option for Kindle Select, since KDP requires exclusive rights to your ebook. Pronoun does not, and it says so right in the Author Agreement. If you have a different experience, let me know.
Author of “Tragedy and Desire: An Adult Romance (The Desire Series)” and more